More and more of us want to bring along our canine companions when we book a holiday in the UK and the most popular destinations include The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales and Moors. However, if you would like other dog-friendly short break ideas, we’ve have sniffed out the best places for your and your pooch to enjoy.
The Peak District
Britain’s first National Park is a stunning location full of adventures for you and your furry pal to enjoy.
Derbyshire encompasses most of the Peak District and it is certainly a paradise for dogs, with miles of scenic walks, plus, streams and rivers for water-loving pups to splash around in.
You will find many pet-friendly hotels in the Peak District along with rural retreats, cosy cottages, ideal for a romantic break, B&Bs, lodges, holiday parks and campsites. Best of all with country walks right on the doorstep you and your furry pal are guaranteed a “pawsome” time.
It’s not only the range of dog friendly cottages in the Peak District that make it a doggie heaven either, there are tons of activities and days out for you both to enjoy too.
Visit Crich Tramway Village where you can both experience a tram-ride together, take a stroll around the weekly market in Bakewell. Here you can pick up some of the delicious local produce before enjoying a drink in one the many pooch-friendly pubs and cafés.
Spend an afternoon at Chatsworth House. Although dogs are not allowed in the stately home the gardens, themselves are well worth a visit or take a walk in Grinlow Woods where you can enjoy a warm drink at the Pooles Cavern coffee shop.
Glasgow – You can have city break too!
This is crazy; but did you know the largest city, north of the Border offers just as big Scottish welcome to those on four legs as it does to their owners.
Whether you stay in the city itself at one of the many Scottish pet-friendly cabins around the center which are a bit quieter on the outskirts you will be amazed all the things there is to see and do here.
Head to one of the many canine-friendly bars for a drink such as The Butterfly and the Pig in the centre. Brewdog, in the West End and The Bungo, a popular bar/ restaurant on the South Side.
“But surely, there can’t be much to do with your dog in Glasgow” I hear you ask well you would be wrong!
There are lots of green spaces in Glasgow, meaning your canine companion won’t be short of exercise.
Glasgow Green is probably the best known but Alexandra Park, Bellahouston Park and Kelvingrove Park with its stunning botanical gardens are all worth a visit.
We don’t want to put a downer on it but unfortunately the sun doesn’t always shine in this part of the world, so the good news is; you can even take your dog to the pictures on a rainy afternoon. The Grosvenor Cinema in Ashton Lane has special dog-friendly screenings.
South Wales – Why it should be top of your list
There are few places in the UK that can compare with South Wales when it comes to a warm welcome and dog-friendly.
Rhossili has been voted by the Times as the most dog-friendly beach in the country and the Gower Peninsula as a whole is a paradise for dog-walking. Miles of golden sands ideal for a game of fetch, waves to splash in and rock pools to explore, your four-legged friend won’t want to go home.
Penllergare Valley Woods is a must for dog owners staying in South Wales. This Victorian paradise can be found in a picturesque valley just north of Swansea and the stunning waterfalls, breath-taking views, exotic plants and stone terraces provide plenty of photo opportunities.
Expect to see Red Kites, Kingfishers maybe even Otters if you are lucky, whilst visitors in spring will be delighted by the sways of daffodils and bluebells.
Wherever you go in Wales you will not be far from a dog-friendly pub or café and many of the locals’ place water bowls in the streets for thirsty hounds, but best of all there is a huge choice. From houseboats to shepherd’s huts, hot tub cottages to glamping pods, luxury hotels and holiday parks Wales really does have it all.
To see the Welsh cottages for dogs we have it’s here.
Leicestershire – More than just Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese
Melton Mowbray was voted the most dog-friendly town in the UK in 2017 and Leicestershire as a whole is ideal for pet-friendly breaks.
Not only is this stunning county easy to get to from all over the UK, it has tons of dog-friendly activities.
View the glorious countryside from a different perspective and hire a narrowboat for the day, many allow dogs, and this is a wonderful way to relax with your canine companion.
History Buffs have the chance to explore some fabulous stately homes in the Midlands including;
While dogs may not be allowed inside, the stunning grounds and parkland are well worth a visit.
You will find plenty of pet friendly places to stay in Leicestershire from self-catering lodges to luxury hotels like Stapleford Park which offers a pooch pamper package.
Canine guests can enjoy their own designer bed, have a dog-sitter should their owner fancy a round of golf and can even tuck into a doggy afternoon tea with a glass of Pawsecco.
It’s not just posh dogs that can enjoy a warm welcome in Leicestershire either, many pubs and cafés welcome our furry best friends like the Parcel Yard in Leicester, the Anne of Cleves in Melton Mowbray or the Jade Tearooms in Loughborough.
The Forest of Dean – A Quick Guide
If your pooch could choose where to go on holiday the Forest of Dean would be up there with the best of them.
First of all, you have the miles and miles of enchanting woodland walks with a host of fascinating scents to be investigated. Alongside many rural dog friendly properties available to rent.
Second, there is the fabulous Dean Valley Railway where you and your four-legged friend can experience a bygone age with a trip on a restored steam train – just don’t let Fido on the seats.
Then there are the fantastic places to eat and drink such as The Moody Cow pub/restaurant in Ross-on-Wye and The Old Dairy Tearooms in Longhope where you can enjoy scrummy afternoon teas or an fantastic Sunday lunch. Add to that a plethora of canine-friendly places to sleep and what’s not to love?
Another great draw of the Forest of Dean are the fantastic dog-friendly attractions within driving distance, head over the border and discover the Brecon Beacons, spend the day at Batsford Arboretum or take a leisurely cruise down the river Wye.
Whichever way you and your pup choose to spend your days, a short break in the Forest of Dean with your dog will be one to remember.
Brighton – Perfect for a Doggy Day Trip
Brighton is one of the UK’s top dog friendly beach holiday destinations , but did you know there is no need to leave your furry pal in behind when you visit the jewel of the south coast, as it is one of the most dog-friendly seaside towns in the UK.
Dogs love nothing better than a day at the beach and the good news is: dogs are allowed on all Brighton beaches from the 1st October until the 30th April. During the summer months you will see flags telling you where dogs are allowed although a safe bet is to the east of the pier.
Spend some time on the beach, perhaps enjoy lunch in one of the many dog friendly eateries like the Metrodeco tea salon where you and Fido can relax in the elegant Parisian atmosphere.
Afterwards you can explore the Brighton Fishing Museum which welcomes dogs and has free admission. Double win! Later, if you dare; listen to stories of ghouls and ghosts on one of the legendary Brighton Ghost Walks.
No need to head home at the end of the night either as Brighton has dozens of dog-friendly hotels and guesthouses for all tastes and budgets from the 5-star Grand Brighton to the contemporary Oriental B&B. However, they accept cats too which may not impress your canine companion.
If you fancy a seaside mini break then check out these pet-friendly cottage holidays in Brighton
So, there you have it; some fantastic dog break ideas for the next time you want to get away from it all and take Fido along too.
When taking your pet, make sure you have all the doggy travel essentials before you set off!
Coast, country or city there are some fabulous places to explore and what could be better than sharing the experience with your best friend?